BAE Sys­tems selects Mahin­dra for ul­tra-light­weight how­itzer

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

Demon­strat­ing its com­mit­ment to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s call to ‘Make in In­dia’, BAE Sys­tems has down-se­lected Mahin­dra as its busi­ness part­ner for the pro­posed in-coun­try as­sem­bly, in­te­gra­tion and test (AIT) fa­cil­ity for the M777 ul­tra-light­weight how­itzer. In­dia and the United States are in dis­cus­sions for a for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) of 145 M777A2 LW155 how­itzers for the In­dian Army. BAE Sys­tems looks for­ward to work­ing with Mahin­dra in the com­ing weeks to fi­nalise de­tails of this AIT fa­cil­ity and to ne­go­ti­ate the terms of its con­trac­tual ar­range­ment.

In 2015, the com­pany de­vel­oped and sub­mit­ted a US Govern­ment-sup­ported pro­posal of­fer­ing a higher de­gree of indi­geni­sa­tion on the M777 weapon sys­tem. The high­light of this is the com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish AIT ca­pa­bil­i­ties in In­dia in part­ner­ship with a do­mes­tic In­dian com­pany.

The se­lec­tion fol­lows a de­tailed as­sess­ment of Mahin­dra’s abil­ity to ful­fil the re­quire­ments and pro­vide the best value to the M777 In­dia pro­gramme, and in the fu­ture, grow its ca­pa­bil­ity as a strate­gic part­ner for BAE Sys­tems in In­dia.

Dr Joe Sen­f­tle, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Weapon Sys­tems, BAE Sys­tems Inc, said: “As a found­ing part­ner of de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia, BAE Sys­tems is pleased to part­ner with Mahin­dra on our of­fer to de­velop an as­sem­bly, in­te­gra­tion and test fa­cil­ity in In­dia. The fa­cil­ity is a fun­da­men­tal part of the M777 pro­duc­tion line. A do­mes­tic as­sem­bly, in­te­gra­tion and test fa­cil­ity will en­able the In­dian Army to ac­cess main­te­nance, spares and sup­port for the M777 lo­cally. We will con­tinue to sup­port the two gov­ern­ments to progress to con­tract agree­ment so that we may be­gin the process of ‘Make in In­dia’ for M777.”

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